30 Minutes Ebola Test Introduced

30 Minutes Ebola Test Introduced

Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, which kills up to 90% of people who are infected.

Symptoms of Ebola includes

· High Fever

· Weakness

· Headache

· Sore Throat

· Vomiting

· Diarrhea

· Stomach Pain

Ebola can spread from country to country when people travel. The largest Ebola occurrence ever, the viral infection has produced 3,069 cases so far and killed 1,552 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

About 30 Minutes Ebola Test:

Japanese researchers have developed a new test to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes. The new method is simpler than the current one and can be used in countries where expensive testing equipment is not available.

A primer, which amplifies only those genes specific to the Ebola virus found in a blood sample or other bodily fluid. If Ebola is present, DNA specific to the virus is amplified in 30 minutes due to the action of the primers. The by-products from the process cause the liquid to become cloudy, providing visual confirmation.

Currently, a method called polymerase chain reaction, is widely used to detect the Ebola virus, which requires doctors to heat and cool samples repeatedly and takes up to two hours.

The new method only needs a small, battery-powered warmer and the entire system costs hundreds of dollars.

The occurrence of the Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has generated alarm throughout western Africa and further countries.

The vaccine was developed for Ebola virus by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. It will also be tested on healthy volunteers in Great Britain and the West African nations of Gambia and Mali.

Precautions to be taken:

· Wearing protective clothing, such as masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles.

· Using infection-control measures, including complete equipment sterilization and routine use of disinfectant.

· Isolating patients with Ebola from contact with unprotected persons.

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